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Poster: He Live's Date: Aug 25, 2008 8:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egypt '78 release

a well established fact: the winterland "from egypt with love" run of october 78 was the best stretch of the year and a contender for top 10 all time runs ...

as far as this release goes -- yeah the rep is bad, none of the shows seems very remarkable to me, the show from the 16th the best i think. and i like the KESEY VIDEO -- and that is the NUGGET of the thing, THE GRATEFUL DEAD -- it's all about the context. context is everything. take away the lore, and it is a very different picture --


any document of one of their "Biggest Gags" (not gigs) or, as they called it "The Great Pyramid Prank" -- crazy and in cahoots with the Kesey Crew Again! is welcome..... i mean this is up there with, Playing On Haight St, (anything called) Longshorman's Hall, Olompali, Woodstock, Altamont, MIT, Europe 72, Veneta, Watkins Glen, Great American Music Hall, Lindley Meadows .... there are many more, but Egypt was a pretty big deal...... CONTEXT-WISE.....

anything that harkens back to the amazing spark of the FIRST ACID TRIPS -- THESE ARE THE GUYS! From the Electric Kool-aid Acid Tests! i love that context -- and ultimately, that is what makes the Dead matter to me..... not that Jerry was a great guitarist or that i like some of their songs.

i'm sure you get my point, here's to hoping this release enhances the context -- thereby making the music more interesting.....

cheers





This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-08-26 03:08:17